Young the Giant Announces 2012 Headline Tour

Each day when I arrive at work, I get things started by checking my email, eating a bowl of grits, and checking various social media sites. It’s a routine that I have come to know well and perform with almost autopilot-like ease. That is, until today.

Today my inbox was filled with such exciting, glorious news, that I nearly forgot how to eat my grits (and I’ve eaten a lot of grits in my day).  The news made my hands shake, my head spin, and my well-memorized Facebook password disappear from my little ol’ head.

The subject line was, “Young the Giant: North American Tour Announcement.” With eager anticipation, I opened the email with fingers crossed that they would be touring in a town near me. And, low and behold, THEY ARE!

I first hear Young the Giant’s “My Body” on the radio this spring and thought, “Hmmm. Catchy. They’re pretty great.”

Rain-drenched and loving it.

Then came ACL Fest. Young the Giant was playing a rather early set on Saturday afternoon. We were able to get close to the

stage with ample breathing and dancing room, a rare treat at a fest as packed as ACL. I didn’t know many songs, but song after song, I found myself digging the band more and more. Then came “My Body.”

The crowd was jumping up and down in time with the music. The band joined in, obviously feeling the love of the crowd. We were all dancing together, taking in one of those great, pure, music festival moments, when it happened: IT RAINED.

Depending where you live, this may sound like a music fest downer. But for those of us from Austin and the surrounding areas, who had gone months (seriously- months) without feeling the rain, it was magical. It seemed as if everyone danced a little harder and the band played a little louder. All it took for it to rain was a rain dance performed in unison by thousands of festival-goers.

With this being my first experience seeing the Young the Giant live, it’s hard to not hold a special spot for them in my heart. And I am already counting down the days until I’ll get to see the chance to see them again. If you haven’t given Young the Giant a chance yet, you better get started. With their tour starting in early February, you’ve still got plenty of time to brush up on their songs. Below is one my favorites, “I Got”, just to get you started.

While it will be hard to beat the magic of my ACL/Young the Giant experience, I’m certainly looking forward to giving it a shot. In the meantime, I think I’ll just eat to my grits, and keep the Young the Giant YouTube channel rolling on an infinite loop.

Full listing of dates for Young the Giant’s upcoming 2012 tour:

Feb 10    Soma    San Diego, CA             
Feb 15    Railto Theatre    Tucson, AZ
Feb 16    The Crescent Ballroom    Phoenix, AZ    
Feb 18    Ogden Theatre    Denver, CO       
Feb 20    The Varsity Theater    Minneapolis, MN 
Feb 21    Rave Ballroom    Milwaukee, WI       
Feb 23    The Metro    Chicago, IL  
Feb 24    Madison Theater    Covington, KY
Feb 25    Newport Music Hall    Columbus, OH           
Feb 26    Beachland Ballroom    Cleveland, OH  
Feb 28    Magic Stick    Detroit, MI    
Mar 01    Phoenix Concert Theatre    Toronto, Canada       
Mar 02    Ritual    Ottawa, Canada    
Mar 03    Cabaret Mile End    Montreal, Canada
Mar 04    Le Cercle    Quebec, Canada
Mar 06    Higher Ground    South Burlington, VT    
Mar 08    House of Blues Boston    Boston, MA      
Mar 09    Terminal 5    New York, NY  
Mar 10    Electric Factory    Philadelphia, PA
Mar 11    930 Club    Washington, DC
Mar 15    Center Stage    Atlanta, GA  
Mar 18    Culture Room    Fort Lauderdale, FL  
Mar 20    The Parish @ House of Blues    New Orleans, LA       
Mar 22    Fitzgerald’s    Houston, TX 
Mar 23    The Prophet Bar    Dallas, TX 
Mar 24    Stubb’s Bar-B-Q    Austin, TX  
Mar 27    Cain’s Ballroom    Tulsa, OK
Mar 29    The Gargoyle    St Louis, MO  
Mar 30    Midland Theatre    Kansas City, MO
Mar 31    People’s Court    Des Moines, IA             
Apr 03    In the Venue    Salt Lake City, UT